They include nurses and personal support workers, paramedics and other first responders, technology professionals and skilled tradespeople, and those working in advanced manufacturing or supplying us with food.
These have been the people with the skills and know-how to keep Canada healthy, safe and functioning when we needed them most.
Front-line workers have more in common than COVID-19 response – a great many are also polytechnic graduates. There’s no better argument for getting students back on these campuses as soon as possible.
Government needs to be thinking about smart investments to make applied education safe and accessible, even as restrictions continue, so the critical talent pipeline isn’t further disrupted.